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Yelm HS beats Bellevue – advances to the state championship game next week!

Yelm’s Isaiah Patterson (from left), Brayden Platt and Nathan Ford lead the Tornados in a post-game cheer to thank their fans following their 28-27 victory over the Bellevue Wolverines in Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state semifinal game at Art Crate Field in Spanaway, Washington, on Nov. 26, 2022.
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian for The Tacoma News Tribune

Yelm runs over, through, past Bellevue in semifinal thriller to advance to 3A championship

From The Tacoma News Tribune:

Facing 4th and goal from the Bellevue 1-yard line, everyone on both sidelines, the crowd — heck, everyone around the state following the game — thought the ball was going to Brayden Platt.

After all, Yelm’s four-star recruit had gashed Bellevue’s defense all game long, racking up 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, carrying Bellevue defenders on his back for extra yards. He was relentless, physically dominant, the best player on the field in a game with no shortage of talent in Yelm’s Class 3A state tournament semifinal game at Art Crate Field on Saturday.

It’s what made the play call — a quarterback sneak — risky, unexpected and ultimately, brilliant. Damian Aalona bowled into the end zone behind an offensive line that had imposed its will throughout the contest, putting Yelm in the lead late in the fourth quarter. Yelm hung on for the 28-27 win to advance to next weekend’s 3A state championship game.


Prior to the 2022 season, Yelm had never advanced past the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Yelm will play for the school’s first state championship, facing Eastside Catholic in the 3A state championship game next weekend at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Eastside Catholic defeated O’Dea in the other semifinal matchup.

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Click here for the KING-5 TV video highlights of Yelm’s 28-27 win over Bellevue in the 3A State Semifinals.

Posted by Steve on November 26, 2022 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

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  1. After watching football in Yelm for 50 years, cheering for son, friend’s kids, former students, and church kids, I am so very proud of the whole community! The”Country Road” that brought us to Yelm 50 years ago has expanded from fewer than 1000 population to well over 10,000. Although we immigrated from the beautiful towns of Mt. Vernon and Lynden Washington, and spent significant time in Australia and England, we claim Yelm as our town.
    The youth sports programs,; the Seahawks grans to bolster community pride through a fabulous new football/soccer field; the recruiting of a compassionate and competent coaching staff; a dedicated backup team of cheerleaders, band and and director, teachers, parents and community supporters make up a team to help equip this winning team. Pride cannot describe the total feeling I have.

    Comment by Jan Asher on November 30, 2022 at 11:50 am

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